Even though officials , Tuesday is expected to be an important day in the presidential race, when the “moderate middle of the Maryland GOP will be relevant,” according to The Washington Post.
“There are more of us in this state than in others, I think, that are fiscally conservative and socially libertarian,” state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, a Howard County Republican who supports presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, told the Post. “Many Republicans here are concerned about some of the stands that senator [Rick] Santorum has taken or been advocating for...focusing more on social issues than economic ones.”
The Republican primary has become a race to the magic number of 1,144 delegates that would give a candidate the nomination. Romney has the lead with 558 delegates. Santorum is next with 273. Gingrich has 133 and Paul 50.
Maryland election officials that turnout Tuesday would likely be low, as the number of Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2 to 1 margin.
Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are also holding primary contests this week.
In recent days, Santorum has been campaigning on his appeal to working class voters. He went bowling in Chilton, WI, on Sunday.
Santorum has not visited Maryland, but the state has attracted attention from other presidential candidates.
Romney , and Paul has visited the University of Maryland.
Gingrich last week and at Salisbury University last month.
—With reporting from Madeleine Marshall of Capital News Service
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